June 12, 2010

Time to look past Strasburg

With all the hype surrounding Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, it's easy to look past other rookies who made their debut around the same time. Some of them are performing well and deserve of our attention here at A Cardboard Problem.

Just because they aren't in 2010 Bowman (at least not selling as well as Strasburg) doesn't mean we should ignore them. (For the record, we've already talked about Jason Heyward, Ike Davis and Austin Jackson.)

Andrew Cashner - Cashner was a starter in the Minors, but right before his call up he was moved to the bullpen. There aren't many relievers whose cards do well. There are very few exceptions, so this move probably hurt the value of his cards. In four relief appearances with the Cubs, Cashner has four strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

Chase cards - 2008 Bowman Sterling autos (refractors galore); 2010 Bowman Chrome refractors

Buster Posey - Posey made his 2010 debut (he played several games last year) on May 29. The catcher is having an impressive run through his first 13 games. He is hitting .429 with a homer and 7 RBI.

Chase cards - 2008 Bowman Chrome auto; 2010 Finest auto

Mike Stanton - He had the unfortunate timing (from a fan perspective) of making his debut the same night as Strasburg, but the lack of media attention probably helped the kid out. He has five hits in three games with two RBI.

Chase cards - 2008 Bowman Chrome; 2008 Playoff Contenders auto


  1. I was the only bidder on a 2010 Bowman Buster Posey Orange parallel $3.99 plus free shipping.

  2. As a Cub's fan I can tell you Cashner has some skills! His fastball tops out at around 98-100 and has a mean 80mph change up. I've already been on the hunt for his stuff and it's surprisingly cheap.